Davis Yake '08, Assistant Athletic Director
Hampden-Sydney College President Dr. Christopher Howard and Athletic Director Richard Epperson have announced the return of wrestling as an intercollegiate sport at the College starting in the 2015-16 school year."Hampden-Sydney College is excited to announce the addition of wrestling as our tenth NCAA sponsored sport in the fall of 2015," commented Epperson.
"I want to extend sincere appreciation to Mike Moyer, executive director of the National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA), for his invaluable assistance in bringing wrestling back to the College." Hampden-Sydney offered the sport of wrestling in the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s. Louis "Lou" Wacker served as head coach for many of those years.
The National Wrestling Coaches Associa- tion, established in 1928, is a professional or- ganization dedicated to serving and providing leadership for the advancement of all levels of wrestling, with primary emphasis on scholastic and collegiate wrestling programs.
"The NWCA wants to extend a heartfelt thanks to President Chris Howard, Richard Epperson, and the Hampden-Sydney College administration for recognizing the educational value that intercollegiate wrestling will bring to their campus," Moyer said. "The NWCA is committed to assisting the program with startup funds, grassroots promotion, and ongoing support. Hampden-Sydney College is located in the heart of some of the best high school wrestling in America, which will help to ensure the long-term success of the program. This new varsity program represents the 120th new intercollegiate wrestling team that has been established or re-established since 2001."
Current Tiger golf coach Mac Main has been tabbed to lead the Hampden-Sydney grapplers and has begun recruiting for the team's inaugural season. Coach Main competed as an intercollegiate wrestler at Longwood University.
"I believe it is fitting that Hampden-Sydney College, an institution steeped in history and tradition, reinstate wrestling as an NCAA intercollegiate sport," Main stated. "One of our goals is to develop young men of exceptional character and to prepare these gentlemen for success in a competitive world. I am pleased to be part of developing a wrestling program that will be both competitive and successful. For the past two years, we have nurtured a wrestling club team and have several freshmen members of the team who are former high school state champion wrestlers. Additionally, we are actively recruiting new students for our program. There are a tremendous number of high school wrestlers who are seeking opportunities to continue their sport in college, and there has been a lack of NCAA Division iii wrestling programs available for these young men to do so. We believe we can offer these wrestlers an opportunity to continue the sport they love and increase the strength of the Hampden-Sydney athletic department."
"I am confident Coach Main will build a competitive Division III wrestling program at Hampden-Sydney," added Epperson. The H-SC Tiger wrestlers will compete in Kirby Field House.
To learn more about the NWCA, visit www.nwcaonline.com.
Junior point guard Mike Murray '16 earned Second Team All-ODAC honors as the Tigers posted their fifth consecutive winning record at 16-11 overall while reaching the ODAC Tournament Quarterfinals.
Murray, of Norfolk, averaged 14.1 points, 4.6 rebounds, 4.0 assists, and 1.7 steals-per- game. His 4.0 assists-per-game was third in the conference, and he led the team in scoring, made-field-goals, three-point percentage, made-three-throws, free-throw percentage, rebounds, assists, and steals.
He scored in double digits in 20 games, including six 20-point performances and a career-high of 25 at Bridgewater. He also dished out at least five assists nine times with a career-best 14 helpers against Eastern Mennonite. in that game, he was one rebound shy of a triple-double.
The Tigers had an exciting season with trips to Puerto Rico, Las Vegas, and California; the team appeared on television twice, facing Coast Guard on ESPNU and Randolph- Macon on five local markets in Virginia.
The Hampden-Sydney swim team placed third in the inaugural Men's Swimming ODAC Championship meet, and Lee Ayscue '15 was named the first Men's Swimming ODAC Scholar-Athlete of the Year.
Ayscue, Calvin Charles '16, Conor O'Heir '17, and Ryan Mitchell '17 set the school record in the 200-yard freestyle relay, finishing in 1:36.74. They broke a record they had set in the preliminaries of 1:37.28. Charles, Mitchell, O'Heir, and Ayscue took third place in the 400-yard medley relay with a time of 4:06.91. The quartet took fourth in the 400-yard freestyle relay, clocking in at 3:35.24. O'Heir, Mitchell, Tate Socha '18, and Ayscue swam a 1:51.67 for fourth place in the 200-yard medley relay.
Washington and Lee won the men's and women's ODAC championship. Randolph-Macon's Bobby Brajdic was named the Swimmer of the Year, and Yellow Jacket Coach Brent Kintzer was honored as Coach of the Year. Tommy Thetford of Washington and Lee took home the Rookie of the Year award.
Senior quarterback Nash Nance '15 was named the winner of the Willie Lanier Award, given to the top player in Division II, III and NAiA in the state by the Touchdown Club of Richmond. Nance was a finalist with Christopher Newport quarterback Marcus Morrast and Virginia State linebacker Andre Rawls.
Nance, a three-time All-ODAC pick, was in the top two this season in nearly every statistical category for quarterbacks in the league. He threw for 2,967 yards, 29 touchdowns, and 15 interceptions while completing over 58 percent of his passes (215-for-370). Additionally, he was third in the ODAC in rushing touchdowns with nine. For his career, he has the second most touchdowns in school history (80), second most completions (699), and third most yards (8,118). in 2013, he was the South Region Offensive Player of the Year and an honorable mention All-American.
Nance is the first Tiger to win the award since Drew Smith '08 was named the top player in the state in 2007.
Hampden-Sydney College Director of Athletics Richard Epperson announced the hiring of Ian McMichael as the new soccer head coach.
Coach McMichael comes to H-SC after spending the past two seasons at NCAA Division ii institution Pfeiffer University, located in Misenheimer, North Carolina, where he served as an assistant coach for one season before being named associate head coach and assistant to the athletic director.
"It is with great enthusiasm that we welcome ian McMichael as the ninth head soccer coach at Hampden-Sydney College," said Epperson. "i am tremendously impressed with Coach McMichael's passion and plan for taking our program to new heights. ian was a vital element of Pfeiffer University's unprecedented success over the past two years, and we are confident in his ability to lead Hampden-Sydney Soccer for many years to come."
"I am thrilled, thankful, and extremely appreciative for this opportunity. I can't wait to get started and work for such a well-respected institution that is rich in tradition and excellence both academically and athletically," said Coach McMichael. "Our goal is to bring Hampden-Sydney the first soccer ODAC championship in the school's history while being outstanding in the classroom and active members on campus and in the community. i'm excited to begin this new journey." in his time at Pfeiffer, he served as recruiting coordinator and helped bring in 34 student-athletes in just two recruiting classes. He was also the head coach for the reserve team. McMichael coached under the tutelage of Head Coach Bob Reasso, who ranks among the top 10 of active head coaches for winning percentage and was the National Coach of the Year in 1990 at Rutgers University.
The Falcons were 1-15-2 before his arrival in the spring of 2013, but they proceeded to post massive improvement the next season, going 10-8-2. The Falcons continued their exponential improvement this past fall as they broke the school record for wins with 17. In 2014, they also won the Conference Carolinas Tournament Championship for the first time in program history while advancing to the second round of the NCAA Division ii Championship tournament, also a program-first accomplishment.
Before going to Pfeiffer, McMichael was on the coaching staffs for UNC-Wilmington and Xavier University in 2007 and 2008, respectively. Following his time at Xavier, he was a head coach for several youth league soccer teams before being named the head coach at Topsail High School in Hampstead, North Carolina, where he coached for three full seasons.
McMichael, a native of Roanoke, Virginia, received his Bachelor's Degree in Journalism and Electronic Media from Tennessee and his Master's in Education from UNC Wilmington.